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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Syrian Rebels Behead Christians for Helping the Military

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A priest and another Christian were beheaded before a cheering crowd by Syrian rebels for aiding the President Bashar Assad’s military, The Washington Times reports. Syrian Christians caught in the middle of a brutal struggle in Syria and face an existential threat. Also yesterday, Islamist rebels in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo issued an order banning women from dressing in what it considered provocative styles and wearing make up. As continuously reported by the Progressive Press, hard-line jihadist groups have increasingly taken the lead in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Many units are linked to Al Qaeda have…

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Did Snowden Apply for Asylum in Russia?

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Russia Foreign Ministry consul Kim Shevchenko said US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum at the consular office at Moscow’s Sheremtyevo airport at 10.30pm on Sunday. Shevchenko said “The UK citizen and Snowden’s representative Sarah Harrison passed on a request by Edward Snowden to be granted political asylum.” Meanwhile, the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) has refuted media reports of the application. Zalina Kornilova, head of FMS press service, told RT, information in the foreign media which states that Snowden asked for asylum “is not true.” The 30-year-old former CIA analyst, who is wanted by the US, is…

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Nonprofit Organizations: Myths and Facts

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“Nonprofit” Does Not Mean “No Money” Recent news reports claimed that the IRS targeted extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for nonprofit tax exemptions. It was much ado about nothing. But it’s time to clarify nonprofits’ legal status and their social roles in our culture.  The Internal Revenue Service’s regulation of nonprofit organizations was a major topic in the news recently, and that’s quite unusual. Apparently, an IRS manager instructed some of his staff people to pay particular attention to tax exemption applications from groups with politically-related words in their names, such as “tea party”, “patriot”, and “progressive”, to be…

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Muslim Brotherhood HQ Set on Fire

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Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood said its Cairo headquarters came under attack and set on fire on Sunday from scores of anti-government protesters, firing shotguns and throwing molotov cocktails and rocks. Security sources said three other Muslim Brotherhood offices were set on fire by demonstrators in towns in the Nile Delta, in more than a week of sporadic violence in which hundreds have been hurt and several killed. Thousands continue to gather in streets to demand removal of country’s president, a year after he took office. The protestors are accusing Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and…

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Pakistani Teen Accused of Blasphemy Escaped to Canada

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A Pakistani teenager, who was “falsely accused” of blasphemy, has fled to Canada with her family, BBC reports. Peter Bhatti, who runs the International Christian Voice Canada, helped the teen and her family to escape from Pakistan. 14 year old Rimsha Masih was detained in a maximum security prison for several weeks in August 2012, after being accused of burning pages from the Quran. Although the charges were dropped later, she and her family were forced into hiding after receiving death threats. The family made the secret journey to Canada just weeks ago, arriving at an undisclosed location in Toronto….

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US Congressmen Introduce Bill to Stop Arming Syrian Opposition

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According to a report on Anadolu Agency, today, a group of bipartisan US congressmen introduced a bill to prevent US President Obama from arming Syrian opposition. The bill was introduced by Republicans Chris Gibson and Michelle Bachmann and Democrats Peter Welch and Rick Nolan from the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democrats Tom Udall and Chris Murphy and Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee from the Senate. Democrat Welch said it was vitally important that they recognized the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Welch added: “Syria is in a brutal and tragic civil war the roots of which go…

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FEMEN Activists Freed from Tunisian Jail

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Three feminists with the radical protest group FEMEN were freed from a Tunisian jail Wednesday, after receiving suspended sentences from an appeal court for baring their breasts in public. One of their lawyers Bahri Souhaib said, their sentences had been suspended, and that they would leave Tunisia as soon as possible. They were sentenced to four months and one day in prison for offending public morals and threatening public order. The three were arrested outside the main courthouse in Tunis on May 29 during their topless protest against a planned gathering of radical Salafists, and in support of Amina Sboui,…

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SCOTUS: Political Calculation?

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On Tuesday the 25th, the SCOTUS effectively negated the key requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that says all or parts of 15 states with a history of racial discrimination get Justice Department approval before changing election laws. One argument is that the government can’t continue to rely on 40-year-old demographic data that don’t reflect changes in racial progress and society over the decades, in deciding which states and local jurisdictions have to first get clearance from Washington. This ruling marks a dark and tragic day in the history of America. It is, however, no surprise when we consider,…

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Berlusconi Sentenced to 7 Years for Paying a Minor for Sex

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After 50 hearings spread over two years, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty on Monday for paying a minor for sex and abuse of power in office. The Italian media mogul and three-time prime minster was sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from public office for life. A panel of three female judges sentenced the 76-year-old billionaire, playboy politician, to jail for compensating Karima el Mahroug, a Moroccan-born dancer, for sex at his mansion outside Milan in 2010 when she was 17. According to Italian constitution, paying a minor for sex in Italy is illegal….

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NLRB Obstructionism Could Lead To Union Militancy

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Due to ongoing Republican obstructionism in the Senate, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is headed toward doomsday this summer. Come August, when two of the board members’ terms expire, the board will be functionally obsolete unless new members are confirmed by the Senate (which is unlikely to happen). This means that nobody will be enforcing the principal law that governs labor relations in this country. This could be disastrous for workers. Without a functioning NLRB, employers will be free to fire anyone who dares to show any sympathy for a union. In 2013, the United States already is seeing…

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USA Drones Assisted Roboski Massacre

On December 29, 2011, Turkish warplanes killed 35 Kurdish boys and men in an air strike near the Iraqi Kurdistan border, Roboski (Uludere), when smugglers were mistaken for PKK militants. An article dated May 12, 2012 in Wall Street Journal reported that it was a U.S. Predator drone that spotted the caravan and American officers alerted Turkey. Report also claimed the U.S. helps provide intelligence for operations in Turkey but plays no direct role in any strikes. Roj TV reported that the dead were among a group of up to 35 people, ranging in age from 16 to 20, who…

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Brazil President Pledges Reforms and Dialogue after Massive Protests (Video)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff pledged to introduce reforms in a televised address after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets this week. Rousseff also added that she would meet with protest leaders to listen their demands. Rousseff’s pre-recorded speech was broadcasted at 9pm local time on Friday where she said she had an obligation to listen to the voices on the streets and her government would create a national plan for public transportation in cities – a hike in bus and subway fares in many cities was the original complaint of the protests. She also mentioned new reforms…

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CIA has been Training the Syrian Rebels, Report Claims

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Los Angeles Times reports that CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons in Turkey and Jordan since late last year. White House officials refused to comment on the report, saying only that the U.S. had increased its assistance to the rebellion. According to the report, the covert U.S. training at bases in Jordan and Turkey began months before President Obama approved plans to begin directly arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Progressive Press has revealed this information in May, after the local newspapers in Turkey claimed the…

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Google has been Threatened with Criminal Proceedings by UK Privacy Watchdog

The war between privacy and technology continues with new challenges each day. Apparently, UK Government does not like to be exposed, although they were not hesitant to spy on visiting foreign dignitaries’ virtually all digital communications at a few G8 Summits. When UK information commissioner’s office (ICO) realized that Google Street View cars were collecting data on them, mainly images, the organization threatened Google with criminal proceedings if they don’t delete the collected data. ICO is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to Parliament and is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Its primary function is in the fields…

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Environmental Crisis in Singapore

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Singapore is experiencing its worst environmental crisis after the unprecedented levels of air pollution forced the country into a halt on Wednesday. Singapore Government is urging people to remain indoors amid air pollution surging to an all-time high yesterday afternoon and breached a “hazardous” classification that can aggravate respiratory ailments. A smoky haze brought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically, causing summer schools to be closed, public transportation to be stopped, even the food-deliveries are hindered. Air traffic controllers at Changi airport were told to take precautions because of lower visibility, and McDonald’s said it had suspended its…

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Spain’s “Stolen Babies” Case Hearings Begin (Video)

On June 18, formal hearings started in the Spain’s “stolen babies” case with the testimony from a former hospital manager who gave evidence in scandal surrounding 300,000 stolen newborn babies sold over 40-year period. Most of the mothers were told their babies had been stillborn and few single mothers were coerced into leaving their babies in the hospital with threats of police action. The mothers, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial. In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout Catholic beliefs and financial security…

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Brazilian Protests Largest in 20 Years (Video)

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday over widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The rallies brought together a wide coalition of people upset about the escalating costs and persistently poor quality of public services, lavish investment on international sporting events, low standards of healthcare, low wages and wider unease about inequality and corruption. The protests are in their early stages, and it’s not clear what the government reaction will be, but the President Dilma Rousseff said that her government was listening to those protesting the high…

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Progressive Patriotism

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A friend of mine was upset the other day, because her best friend accused her of being unpatriotic in the political commentary she posts on Facebook. My friend often writes about problems in America like the growing poverty rate, corporate greed, gun violence, poor access to health care and political corruption. She was told, in essence, that America is the greatest country on Earth with more freedom than any other country and that anyone who complains about America is not a loyal, patriotic American. I have a very different perspective. I think the suggestion that it’s somehow unpatriotic to discuss…

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Faster Executions in Florida; New Bill Signed by Gov. Rick Scott

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On Friday 14th, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law that is aimed at accelerating the pace of the death penalty process in Florida. The signing of this “fast track” legislation called “the Timely Justice Act”, requires the governor to sign a death warrant within 30 days after a review by the State Supreme Court. After the signature, the new law requires the state to execute the defendant within six months. The bill also bars attorneys from using certain defense strategies, and gives judges tighter time-frames to consider appeals and post-conviction motions, such as whether a defendant should get…

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Erdogan Met Top CIA Chiefs and Bush before Becoming PM

116 Days in Twilight Translated transcript of the video: On December 12, 1997, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while he was still the mayor of Istanbul, was arrested for citing a poem in Siirt (city), and sent to prison for 10 months. He was charged according to –then- Turkish criminal law, article 312, to incite hate, religious and ethnic division within public. The Supreme Court approved the charges. The decision of the Supreme Court, which was reached with majority of the votes, ended Erdogan’s political life. On November 1998, the State Council, decided to remove Erdogan from his post as the mayor…

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